Ben Wells - President
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FWC Update - May 2023
Greetings FWC Members!
I hope you all are enjoying the warmer weather and have taken the time to do some sailing! It’s been great to see boats on the water again, and to have some successful regattas in the books. Here’s your May newsletter.
What’s going on?
The FWC leadership team has been busy planning another large, unique, and exciting event. We put a little teaser video out on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, but if you missed it, here is the official announcement: We are excited to share that we are planning a distance race, scheduled for August of 2024!
The Wave 100 will be sailed on Lake Michigan and will see sailors sail from South Haven, MI to Michigan City, IN, over the course of three days. This is most definitely going to be an endurance race, and while we are working hard to make safety a top priority, it’s not going to be a typical regatta! Please look for more information on this exciting race soon!
**Some of you might be asking “Why the Wave 100? Those locations are not 100 miles from each other...” Right you are, astute sailor! 100 miles was determined to be probably a bit too far for the Wave, but this route will give us about 60 miles of sailing distance. 60 miles is pretty darn close to 100 kilometers! **
Our first two Regional regattas are in the books, and we have posted recaps of each to our website!
Read about the Mid-South Regional here
Read about the Southeast Regional here
Speaking of the website, I want to include a section in the next few newsletters to highlight some different parts of our website. Often times, visitors only visit 1 or 2 pages, but we have a lot of great information scattered throughout! The page I want to showcase today is the Information Page
On this page, we have linked important documents like our rules and bylaws, season points, past meeting minutes, and more. Towards the bottom of the page you will see an archive of previous race results. If you ever want to walk down memory lane, or settle the argument about who beat who at a certain regatta, look no further than the Info page!
Our next big regatta is the FWC Championship in Yankton, South Dakota! This is a favorite sailing destination for many Midwest sailors – a great beach area, on site camping, beautiful scenery, and of course, generally good winds! Yankton has been host to many championship level regattas in the past, most recently the Hobie 16 and 20 fleets in 2017.
Prices for the regatta increase on June 1st, so please don’t delay – if you are going to come sail, sign up today! Registration can be found on Regatta Network
We are excited that Jane Sherrod will be available to host a quick clinic on Thursday evening for any newer or novice sailors. We certainly want this regatta to be open and accessible to all, and we hope this gives any sailors who may not have as much experience some confidence to come and learn and compete well!
See you in Yankton, South Dakota, June 23-25.
Other upcoming regattas include:
North Coast Regional, Put-in-Bay OH - August 4-6
Deep South Regional, Ocean Springs MS - October 13-15
Florida Keys Regional, Key Largo FL - December 1-3
In addition to those, we have some Tier 3 regattas coming up soon:
Mid-Americas Area Championship, Dallas TX - May 27-28
Candler Regatta, Panama City, FL - June 3-4
Membership remains at $25 for the calendar year and is required for our Tier 1 and Tier 2 regattas. It is optional for Tier 3 regattas, however only FWC members will earn season points at Tier 3 events. If you have completed your 2023 membership – thank you! If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to do so by following this link (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/FormulaWaveClass) or sending an email to email@example.com
Our referral system is still in place! Refer a brand new member to the FWC and earn $5 off next year's membership cost (max of $25)! If you have questions about how this works, please contact us to ask any questions!
Our youth membership is only $10, and we strongly encourage any younger sailors to jump on a wave and come race!
I want to make sure you are aware of all other resources we have for you to stay connected and informed.
· Social Media
o Follow us on Facebook for updates, information, and sometimes just for fun pictures and all things Wave sailing!
· This is a user content generated forum for you to start conversations, ask questions, or discuss whatever is on your mind when it comes to Wave sailing and racing! Check it out if you haven’t yet!
As always, Thank You to everyone who supports and sails with the FWC. It’s truly an honor to be part of this amazing class and fun group of sailors. See you on the water soon!
FWC - President
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